Fees and charges for 2016/17 can be viewed using the following link:

Pest Control Charges - 2016/17

General Information

  • Wasp nests may be found in roof spaces, wall cavities and air grates of buildings, hanging from trees as well as underground.
  • Towards the end of the summer, fertile males and young queens emerge from the nest to mate. The young queens will then fly away and select a suitable site to hibernate over the winter.
  • As the weather becomes colder the nest dies out, but the new queens born during the summer will search for a hibernation site. In spring they will start a new nest of their own, the old nests are not returned to.
  • Wasp nests that are not causing a problem can be left alone.
  • Wasps are fairly large approx. 30mm long and have a black and yellow band across the abdomen.
  • If you are unsure if you have bees or wasps - we will visit but will not treat if it is bees and there will not be a charge.
  • We cannot treat nests that are on your neighbours property unless they ask us to.
  • We can only treat nests that are accessible. We cannot treat from a ladder. Ladders are for access and not a working platform. If in doubt the Pest Officer will visit.
  • Nests in eaves and sofits can be reached with a long pole.
  • We will not treat wasps in chimneys, as this is a Health and Safety risk. However, we can offer advice.
  • We will not treat or remove inactive nests.


  • We will treat nests or areas of entry, this will be assessed at the time of the visit.

Post Treatment

  • Treated nest should be inactive after 1-2 days.
  • When dead it will turn ashy grey in colour. Where certain there is no longer any activity it can be removed by knocking with a stick into a dustbin bag.
  • If there is still activity in the nest after 2-3 days we will re-visit to treat free of charge.

Self-Treatment Advice

We do not recommend that anyone treat a nest their selves. However, if you choose to do so:

  • Sprays, treatments etc. can be purchased from garden centres, DIY stores etc.
  • Always wear protective clothing i.e. gloves etc.
  • Use treatment at night when wasps are likely to be inside the nest and not so active.
  • Follow manufacturers instructions.
  • Do not attempt to approach the nest after spraying.
  • May need more than one treatment.
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